All About Bosses In Injection Moulding

  Let’s talk about bosses. And no, not the ones whipping you to do more work, but the rather helpful ones in plastic injection moulding. Bosses are design elements that strengthen parts. We’re going to unpack why you should have bosse'...

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Trial and Error: Flashing

Flashing is one of the most common flaws found in injection moulded parts. Flash is fine, feathery sections that stick out from a finished part, usually at right angles to the wall section they connect to. What causes it? Sneaky plastic, that's'...

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How much does a new product cost?

Maybe it’s been a fantasy since childhood. Maybe you had a dream about it that was so intense you got up at 4AM to madly sketch it out. Maybe it’s the next product to build on your existing marketplace success. It doesn’t matter how ambi'...

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What Is Blow Moulding?

In our explorations of manufacturing techniques we have covered a number of ways to mass produce plastic parts. Today, we will look at one the one I like to think of as the most underappreciated, Blow Moulding. Blow moulding isn’t as well k'...

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All About Ribs in Injection Moulded Parts

Crack open almost any plastic shape and you will the internal volume is mostly air, and anything that actually does any work inside the part is reinforced by a strange pattern of thin little walls. Those little joining walls are called ribs, a'...

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Lets Talk ABout Tool Steel

We have previously discussed some general ways to classify steel. In this article we are going to dive into the specific types of steel we use to make your products, why we use them, and what they mean to you. The first thing to do is clear up'...

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What is injection moulding?

The concept of injection moulding is simple enough. First, the moulder fills the machine with plastic pellets. Then colorants are added to create the desired colour (we can do just about any colour by the way, even metallic hues). After that the plas'...

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All About Walls In Product Design

When you’re developing your product, the designer might come to you and say “I want to reduce the wall thickness in your part” even though you’ve said time and time again that you want a strong durable product. So why do designers push fo'...

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Trial and Error: Flow Lines

Flow Lines are a family of cosmetic flaws which can occur in injection moulded plastic parts. We would like to share our experience with you to aid you in spotting these flaws, and understanding how to avoid them   The Flow Line family o'...

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Look Up: The Rewards of Vertical Integration in Manufacturing

In June 2007, Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone to a twitchy crowd of Apple acolytes. Much wonderment and applause ensued within the walls…but outside, scepticism was rampant. Many balked. Many were wrong. By the same time the next y'...

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Lets Talk About Polyethylene

Polyethylene is the plastic worlds jack of all trades, the ultimate do anything tool. Like all good tools, its power lies in its simplicity. Let’s look at how the most common human made plastic on earth conquered applications ranging from food '...

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What Is Zinc Die Casting?

Die Casting is the injection of molten metal into a Die (similar to a Mould) under pressure to create complex parts out of metal. Die Casting is conceptually very similar to injection moulding - just with molten metal instead of plastic. Die C'...

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